The regularly scheduled third Thursday of the month tasting landed us on St. Patrick’s Day last week. In an effort to woo potential attendees away from the green beer and Guinness we planned for an Irish whiskey tasting. This was our first foray into Irish whiskey at one of our tasting events. To be honest, I really didn’t have much experience with the triple distilled spirit originating from Ireland so it was going to be a learning experience for me as well.
Additionally, as you might know from my previous posts we were collecting donations for the relief efforts in Japan. 100% of all the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross for Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami relief. We had 28 attendees that came to enjoy the whiskey, food and company of other whiskey drinkers. They also were very generous with their donations. Additionally, several people that could not come to the event were kind enough to make donations. If you want to make a donation to the Red Cross for the relief efforts in Japan you can make it here.
This was a fairly informal event so that everyone could enjoy the whiskey at their own pace, chat with others as well as go back for re-fills! We did go in order for the first go around. We started with a standard Bushmills 10 to give us a baseline. Then we moved into the Redbreast 12 – I had read a lot of good things about this expression so it was a must for the lineup. The third expression was a little bit of an old ball, Michael Collins 10 year old single malt lightly peated. Last, staying true to our roots of more rarefied expressions we dove into an AD Rattray 11 year old Cooley. We will be giving our impressions of each of the whiskies in a separate post.
It appeared that a good time was had by all and judging by what minimal whiskey was left over we all thoroughly enjoyed the whiskey as well.